COGS2000 Unit Overview
Professor Anina Rich is the Convenor of the course. The course is taught through lectures and tutorials with support from web-based resources such as iLearn and the Active Learning Platform.
Lectures will be delivered live online on Mondays 10am-12noon using Zoom. Links to join the lecture will be posted in iLearn prior to each week.
Tutorials will be predominantly offered on-campus (please check eStudent to see which tutorial you are enrolled in, or if you wish to enrol in a different tutorial).
In lectures, we will cover key content areas such as perception, action, attention, emotion, social cognition, memory, language. The lectures will include interactive activities using the Active Learning Platform within iLearn, which you will access on your own internet-enabled device. We will also have discussion points, demonstrations of methods, and opportunities for questions. You are strongly encouraged to attend the lectures live as then you can fully engage with the interactive aspects and have the opportunity to ask questions, as well as make sure you keep up with the fast-paced course content.
The tutorials are a combination of research-intensive laboratory sessions, scientific method and writing training, and content review. They are designed to consolidate your learning from the lectures and learn other key skills required to complete the assessments, giving you research training in collecting, analysing and interpreting behavioural and neural data. The tutorials and assessments will support development of scientific written communication skills and an understanding of important aspects of experimental design and practice.
Attending both lectures and tutorials is crucial for doing well in COGS2000. The iLearn discussion board allows students to discuss topics in greater depth, to provide peer support, and to access additional learning resources and examples. There are opportunities to get feedback during the course including through the weekly online quizzes and the major Experimental Report; you can also get feedback on your understanding of key concepts during tutorials through interactions with your tutor.
The timetable for lectures & tutorials can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
Lectures are held weekly (2 hours), starting in Week 1. Please check http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/ for time and iLearn for the Zoom link. Lecture recordings are available via Echo360 in iLearn. Lectures will include interactive activities.
Tutorials are held weekly (1.5 hours), starting in Week 1. Please check eStudent for the time and location of your tutorial.
Due to restrictions on the availability of resources in the laboratory and to health and safety regulations you should attend the tutorial to which you have been assigned. Although students might be able to occasionally attend a different tutorial, most classes are likely to be full, in which case those not attending their assigned tutorial will be asked to leave. Under these circumstances, no special provisions will be made for attendance at an alternative tutorial class.
Requests for tutorial changes: Changes to tutorials need to be done online via eStudent only. After week 2, no further changes will be made unless supporting documentation about the reason for changing is provided and there is space in the tutorial you wish to enrol in. Please note that changes to tutorials cannot be made by the unit convenor or tutor.
Purves D. et al. (Eds.) (2013) PRINCIPLES OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, Second edition. MA, USA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
This is an excellent textbook for learning the fundamentals of cognitive neuroscience in a relatively accessible way, with linked online support resources. It has all the essential reading for the course and is the basis of the weekly online quiz material, as well as forming part of the mid-semester and final exams.
Additional supplementary material for each lecture will be listed on the unit iLearn page. This reading is listed as optional but typically supports areas of lectures that are either not covered in the textbook or provide additional insights into the material.
Access to Assigned Reading Material
The required text is available for purchase through Booktopia, in addition to the copies available at the library. There is also an e-book version that can be 'rented' for 6 or 12 months through Oxford University Press (oup.com.au/findmybook).
You will need access to a computer that can reliably connect to the internet to access the unit's iLearn page. Through iLearn you will be able to attend the lectures (the Zoom link will be posted there for each week), access the interactive activities (Active Learning Platform) during lectures, lecture recordings (Echo360), additional readings, and feedback and marks for the assessment tasks. You are also required to submit one of the assessment tasks (Experimental Report) via iLearn, using the Turnitin submission tool. Please allow time to familiarise yourself with how to access iLearn and how to submit a Turnitin assignment.